Mari Boine

Norway

The Sami people, divided by the borders of Finland, Norway, Sweden and the Russia are from a region so far north that it is often missing from weather maps on television. They have a culture which is rich with storytelling, teaching, poetry and songs.

Mari Boine is an exciting voice to emerge from this little-known culture. Her music is rooted in the Sámi heritage, but to this strong, almost primeval base, she has brought a fresh interpretation and new instrumentation. Mari's crystal voice cuts across the guitars, flute, charango and drum, its qualities both hauntingly spacious and painfully intimate.

The album "Gula Gula" was released by Real World Records in 1990.